A Partnership at the Heart of the Community: Riverview Medical Center makes critical donation to Lunch Break

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A Partnership at the Heart of the Community: Riverview Medical Center makes critical donation to Lunch Break

Riverview Medical Center proudly donated an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to Lunch Break as part of a long-standing partnership between the two organizations to equip Lunch Break with a potentially life-saving piece of equipment in the event of a cardiovascular emergency.

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that can diagnose a potentially life threatening cardiac event and treat symptoms through defibrillation. Thanks to today's technology AEDs are designed to be used in community settings while emergency help is on the way.

"The onsite presence of an automatic external defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death in the event a person experiences a sudden cardiac episode," says Joseph Miller, PhD, chief operating officer for Riverview. "While we hope they (the staff at Lunch Break) never have to use it, it is a valuable piece of equipment to have on site."

In addition to the equipment, Riverview staff will provide training of the device to the staff and volunteers at Lunch Break.

"Riverview has been a proud supporter of Lunch Break since its inception in 1983, which has been a mutual partnership as both Riverview and Lunch Break share a commitment to meet the needs of the community we serve, particularly those that are underserved," says Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, regional president for Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. "It is a credit to the leadership of the Lunch Break organization that they are committed to having this equipment available for the people they serve."

About Riverview Medical Center
Riverview Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health Family, is a 463-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, oncology, orthopedics and rehabilitation, neurology, thoracic and vascular surgery, cardiology, renal dialysis, diabetes management, and emergency and critical care services. Riverview's Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview's Jane H. Booker Women and Children's Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages. Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County's only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnife® system, offering new hope for patients with inaccessible or inoperable tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Meridian Health, please call 1-800-DOCTORS or visit www.riverviewmedicalcenter.com.